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20 Amazing Places In Asia You Must Visit At Least Once in Your Life Time

20 Amazing Places In Asia You Must Visit At Least Once in Your Life Time

When you think about going on holiday, Asia may not be the first place you think of. Yet, it has many beautiful places you must visit! Here is an amazing list of 20 places in Asia you should absolutely visit at least once!

1. Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan

Tigers Nest

    Also known as Taktsang, it is a sacred monastery built on a rocky cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro valley. Legend has it, some 1,300 years ago, Guru Rinpoche materialized on the back of a flying tigress and converted the Bhutanese to Buddhism at this place.

    This is a must-visit place because of the unique location and view that will leave you mesmerized. The background story of this place makes it even more unique and worth seeing.

    2. Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap

      Siem Reap is the capital of the province Siem Reap in Cambodia. One of their most famous sites to visit is the Angkor Wat temple. Besides that, they have many more temples, museums, the Old Market and the Cambodian Cultural Village.

      With plenty of touristic attractions, it still doesn’t feel overcrowded. You will be able to take in the culture and habits of locals.

      3. Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos

      Bokeo

        Located in the Bokeo province in Laos, this nature reserve was created to protect the black-cheeked gibbon. To view the gibbons or experience the beauty of the forest, you can use the Gibbon Experience. You can also join the Waterfall Gibbon Experience, which includes three hours of trekking along the Nam Nga River.

        This amazing experience is nowhere else to be found. You get to see beautiful nature and the black-cheeked gibbon, which was thought to be extinct!

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        4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        Kuala Lumpur

          Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. It is an amazing place to visit because of the variaty of things to do and see. The architecture ranges from cultural to modern. The most touristic sites are China Town, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Buta Caves and Central Market.

          This city has such a wide variety of sites, everyone should see it for themselves. It has the beauty of old, traditonal buildings next to the modern towers.

          5. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

          Halong bay

            As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this bay is a must-visit. There exists over 3,000 islands and it is inhabited by about 1,600 people living in floating villages. To make the most out of your visit, you should take a cruise and experience life from the water.

            The beauty of the nature will leave you in awe. This is for sure a must-visit place.

            6. Danxia Landform, China

            Danxia China

              These beautiful landscapes are unique to China. Formed out of red sandstone and strong forces, these landscapes were added to the World Heritage List in 2010. This is one of the places you must see for yourselves!

              7. Rainbow Family Village, Taiwan

              Rainbow Family Village

                A little while ago, an old man began to paint. This man’s name was Huang Yung-Fu, also known as Grandpa Rainbow. He lives in a military dependents’ village and one day decided to make this place more colorful. It is a beautiful place with a unique story. You will love to see all the colors and it will move you deep inside your heart. Definitely a must-see!

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                8. Taj Mahal, India

                Taj Mahal

                  In 1632 an Emperor started with the construction of a mosque to commemorate his favorite wife. It was finished in 1648 and it is the jewel of the muslim community in India. It has beautiful gardens, symbolizing paradise, or a heaven on earth.

                  If you have not yet seen this beautiful white marble mosque, be sure to visit it when you can!

                  9. Great Wall of China, China

                  Great Wall China

                    This massive structure was originally built as a defense wall. With a length of  3945 miles, it is the longest wall on earth. Many parts of the Wall have been damaged and are no longer accessible. To see the Great Wall yourself, you best go to Qinhuangdao or Beijing.

                    10. Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan

                    Shinjuku Gyoen Park

                      This beautiful park is located in Tokyo. It was originally completed in 1772, but the current layout was formed in 1906. The garden is 58.3 hectares in area, and it has over 20,000 trees. The greenhouse has over 1,700 different tropical and subtropical plant species on display.

                      11. Yolyn Am, Mongolia

                      Yolyn Am

                        Also known as the Valley of Eagels, the deep, narrow gorge is unique for it’s thick ice field. It is located in the Gobi Dessert. Because it is so deep and narrow, it is like an oasis in the desert, always remaining cool.

                        12. The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea

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                        War Memorial Korea

                          This former site of the army headquarters has six indoor exhibitions and over 13,000 memorabilia outside. In the combat experience room you can experience different situations that soldiers went through during the Korean war.

                          13. Bali, Indonesia

                          Bali

                            Sun, a deep blue sea and long beaches. Bali could be the tropical paradise for you!

                            Besides the beach, you can also visit caves, dive or visit temples. With a great climate and different places to discover, this is an amazing island to visit.

                            14. Hong Kong, China

                            Hong Kong

                              If you want to visit a city for shopping, you must go to Hong Kong. For designer fashion, visit the Landmark Mall, also known as Central. There are plenty of street markets for different interests too. You can simply shop till you drop!

                              15. Daehan Dawon, South Korea

                              Daehan Dawon

                                Boseong is the home of green tea plantation in South Korea. Deanna Dawon is a tourist plantation which provides 40% of the country’s green tea. Relax with the beautiful scenery of these tea fields.

                                16. The Mekong Delta, Vietnam

                                Mekong Delta

                                  The Mekong River provides ways for the locals to sell their crops. You can find pretty much all the tropical fruits you can think of. Floating along the river, the view is beautiful and tropical. You can get off the river at different locations, to visit the city or temples. The friendly locals will welcome you with open arms.

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                                  17. Patong, Thailand

                                  Patong

                                    Patong is the place to go for a great nightlife. At night there are over a hunderd restaurants, bars and discos. The main goal; have a good time!

                                    18. Phewa Lake, Nepal

                                    Phewa Lake

                                      Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is near the Tal Barahi Temple and Baidam, also known as the Lakeside. From here you can also take a tour to Pokhara, the most touristic city in Nepal.

                                      19. Banaue, Philippines

                                      Banaue

                                        Banaue is a small town in the Philippines. It is well known for the rice terraces. The rice terraces were handmade many years ago and are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

                                        You may see it many times in pictures or video, but you cannot grasp the amazing beauty until you see it for yourself!

                                        20. Shwedagon Pagoda, Maynmar

                                        Shwedagon Pagoda

                                          The Shwedagon Pagoda is the biggest, most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Maynmar. It is 325 feet tall, covered in gold and has over 7,000 gems. It is said to be over 2,500 years old, but there are no existing construction papers. This magnificent building is a must-see in Asia!

                                          Featured photo credit: Pervaiz Vohra via wallpapersnewhd.com

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                                          Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                                          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                          In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                                          Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                                          How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                                          • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                                          • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                                          • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                                          • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                                          • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                                          • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                                          When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                                          1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                                          Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                                          2. Find What Inspires You

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                                          Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                                          On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                                          3. Give Yourself a Break

                                          When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                                          Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                                          4. Shake up Your Routines

                                          Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                                          Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                                          When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                                          5. Start with a Small Step

                                          Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                                          Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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